Accommodation, Okavango Delta

Little Vumbura

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Offering a perfect combination of water and land-based activities with sightings to match, Little Vumbura is situated on an island in a private concession in the northern part of the Okavango Delta, in the same region as its sister camp Vumbura Plains, in what is known locally as the Kwedi Reserve.

It is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango forest. Each tent is large and roomy and has en-suite facilities. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off the dining and bar area which are set under a canvas canopy. An outdoor dining area on a wooden deck gives you the option of al fresco dinners on beautiful evenings.

Due to the location of the camp, both water and land based activities are offered. Little Vumbura has deep-water motorboat trips into the permanent waterways and shallow water excursions by mokoro, as well as day game drives in open Land Rovers allowing guests to see animals at close range. Guided walks, which require a special guide (on request) and fishing excursions are also activity options throughout the year.

Regular sightings include lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo along with extensive plains game providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Delta. Little Vumbura is part of a community participation plan bringing the communities that live around the Okavango Delta into the tourism mainstream.

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Facilities

Tented rooms, outdoor showers, swimming pool, dining room, bar, lounge and star deck.

Local Wildlife

An exceptional mix of both land and water species including lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah and a wide range of water birds, reed frogs etc.

Optional Activities

Game drives, night drives, walking safaris and mokoro excursions included on a shared basis.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Botswana tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience.  As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences).  Your recommended  destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.

We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.

I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities.  However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.

When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats.  We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.

This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.

Mr JW - Ettrickbridge